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English noun: firing

1. firing (act) the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

SamplesHold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes.
They retreated in the face of withering enemy fire.


Broader (hypernym)attack, onrush, onset, onslaught

Narrower (hyponym)antiaircraft fire, artillery fire, barrage, barrage fire, battery, bombardment, broadside, burst, call fire, cannon fire, concentrated fire, counterfire, counterpreparation fire, cover, covering fire, crossfire, destruction fire, direct fire, distributed fire, fratricide, friendly fire, fusillade, grazing fire, harassing fire, hostile fire, indirect fire, interdiction fire, massed fire, neutralization fire, observed fire, preparation fire, radar fire, registration fire, salvo, scheduled fire, searching fire, shelling, supporting fire, suppressive fire, unobserved fire, volley

2. firing (act) the act of discharging a gun

Synonymsdischarge, firing off

Broader (hypernym)shooting, shot

Narrower (hyponym)gun

3. firing (act) the act of setting something on fire

Synonymsignition, inflammation, kindling, lighting

Broader (hypernym)burning, combustion

4. firing (act) the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)

Synonymsdischarge, dismissal, dismission, liberation, release, sack, sacking

Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, termination

Narrower (hyponym)conge, congee, deactivation, dishonorable discharge, honorable discharge, inactivation, removal, Section Eight, superannuation

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